Petition in Solidarity with Academics and Activists in Belarus

Today marks one-year anniversary of the crackdown on Belarussian students for their nonviolent protests across the country over the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko. Since the allegedly fraudulent presidential elections in August 2020, thousands of protestors assembled in the streets of Minsk and other major cities, demanding that Lukashenko leave office. Many of the protests were organized by students and took place at university campuses. Belarussian forces arrested a great number of students and student leaders during these demonstrations, including members of the Belarusian Students Association, Maryja Rabkova of European Humanities University, and Yahor Kanetski of Belarusian State University.

OMON officers beating students at the Belarus State Linguistic University | Photo Credit: honisoit

Reports describe that riot police and security forces responded with unnecessary violence and mass arrests of protesters.